The importance of Blu-ray discs made in Japan

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Having to look for some of the highest quality Blu-ray media on the planet can be a daunting task for individuals and organizations. The notion that buying direct from “the source” as the only reliable means is often on the top of their search to-do list.  While having dedicated countless hours sifting through forums on where the best media can be purchased, looking tirelessly through overseas shopping sites, can always be worthy of a certain amount of bragging rights when the goods is finally in hand.  Others may rely solely on eBay and Amazon sellers from overseas as their middleman.  But where else can these consumers turn to that simply want the best media and what makes their exhaustive search so worthwhile?

Most, if not all, are searching for media made in Japan over any other origin because of innate quality control system and choice of materials.  Being all-too-familiar that ordering from Japanese companies and its affiliates does not guarantee they will receive the genuine discs, that were made in Japan, and not “from Japan but made somewhere else,” as some merchants would have you believe.  To add more complications to the matter, ordering certain package quantities could also be a factor.  For example, buying the individual pack (or the 5 pack jewel case) will be a product made in Japan. However, ordering the 10 pack jewel case or the 10 or 25 pack spindles, will get you a product made in China, Singapore, etc.

To them, data integrity, performance, and longevity of their stored digital assets is very important, so naturally only the best quality media will do.  After all, Japanese made recordable media strikes a chord with users, as they have proven themselves time and time again.

After the hunt is over the fun part comes into play.
DIGISTOR brings you high quality made in Japan media with our Professional Grade discs.  Regardless, of you buy a 5, 10, 25, or 100 pack, you will get exactly the same high quality discs.  Aside from being made in Japan, here are some key reasons why some of the best and latest media technologies are featured in the DIGISTOR Professional Grade discs:

Phase-change recording technology, which has undergone continuous refinement over the years, instantaneously changes the atomic arrangement within the recording layer from a noncrystalline (amorphous) phase to a crystalline phase when it is exposed to a high-temperature laser beam.

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A hard coating technology makes DIGISTOR BDs highly resistant to scratches.02. hard coating bd

 

Scratches are fatal to recording discs. Scratches can make it impossible to read important data or cause noise in playback images. DIGISTOR discs uses a spin coating method to apply a hard coating of uniform thickness that protects the disc from scratches.

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High-Quality BD Discs resulting from experience

More than 35 years in developing recording discs. Our Blu-ray Discs are manufactured in an integrated production plant in Japan where every process, from material development to final manufacturing, is performed. This enables a smooth flow of operations such as development, new technology assessment and mass production, and produces discs with extremely high levels of reliability.

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Apple’s new Photos app, how to back up your photos without iCloud

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Apple recently released a totally new Photos app for OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite that replaces the widely used long time software iPhoto. (To get the new app just update your Mac by visiting the App Store > Updates). The new Photos app is a needed breath of fresh air on the desktop, as it takes many ques from the iOS version of the Photos app on your iPhone or iPad. The simple and intuitive UI and familiar editing functionality make it an instantly familiar playground for organizing and editing photos on your Mac.

One of the perks of the new Photos app is that it will sync all your photos and videos to iCloud so you can access “your entire collection from your Mac and iOS devices anytime.” However, that comes at a cost. Apple continues, “You get 5GB of free storage in iCloud – and as your library grows, you have the option to choose a plan for up to 1TB.” Let us note that the 5GB free storage isn’t just for photos, that includes all your iPhone and iPad backups, which might take a big chunk of that free space. What if you don’t want to add another yearly fee to your bank statement, but you still want to have a safe backup of your Photos Library? This is where REWIND Archiving software comes in. REWIND allows you to Archive your photos to long lasting Blu-ray disc for safekeeping.

Today we’re going to visit a step by step process showing you how to archive your new Photos Library in OS X Yosemite using REWIND. We will do so using the DIGISTOR DIG-79103 USB 3.0 Blu-ray burner, a 25GB BD-R disc, and a MacBook Pro. (The REWIND archiving software and a 25GB Blu-ray disc are both included for free with DIGISTOR brand Blu-ray burners).

Photos App
Here’s the new Photos app with some imported images of a beautiful area called Mount Tamalpais State Park not too far from DIGISTOR HQ in Campbell, CA. Lets see where these photos live on the Mac, and then how to use REWIND to archive them.01.-Photos-App-Open

Photos Library
Notice here in the Pictures folder we have a Library called Photos Library. Within the contents of the Library are all the imported images from the Photos App, along with non-destructive edits, and organizational database information.
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Use REWIND to Archive Photos Library
Start REWIND, give your archive a name. Select the Photos Library, click Next. Insert a BD-R into your Blu-ray burner and click Archive It! Wait a few minutes for your BD-R to burn, and your archive is complete.

 Congratulations! Your Photos are now safely archived.

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Beginning with Blu-ray: Easiest Blu-ray Drive to Install, and Backwards Compatibility

External Blu-ray vs. internal Blu-ray

Blu-ray Drives Don’t Render Your DVDs Obsolete
It’s important to remember that just because you’re upgrading your equipment, doesn’t mean you have to give up your entire library of DVDs. Blu-ray manufacturers have included the ability for their units to play back standard DVDs. You can view discs at standard resolution or have the player upscale the DVD playback signal to match 720p/1080i, or in some cases even 1080p mode, which will be a better match on your high resolution computer monitor or output to a compatible HDTV – so you don’t lose those either.

External Is Easiest
This wouldn’t be at all interesting, storage capacities being what they are, but Blu-ray is the storage methodology of choice for HD and 3D content. The extra detail takes up more virtual storage, but the Blu-ray disc takes no more physical space.

When purchasing a Blu-ray Disc drive for your PC, there are several factors to consider. Perhaps the most important is simply whether to get an internal drive that you fit your PC’s chassis or an external drive you simply plug into any available port.

If you go for an internal drive, you must ensure you have a slot for it in your PC, as well as the physical space to fit it, and the expertise to do so. Whereas, external drives are easier to install, portable, and can be shared between computers.

Backing up data to a BD-R is as easy as burning a CD or DVD. Companies such as Nero, Roxio, CyberLink and DIGISTOR provide the necessary burning software; while modern operating systems like Windows 7 and 8.1 let you add and remove files to and from a BD-RE disc, allowing it to be reused.

DIGISTOR offers a range of simply plug-and-play external Blu-ray drives that are compatible with Windows and Mac OS X. View our products online or contact a representative at 1(800) 816-1886 for help finding a Blu-ray burner that best fits your needs.

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Beginning with Blu-ray: Let’s start with the Basics

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Beginning with Blu-ray: Let’s start with the Basics
You’ve considered Blu-ray enough to know that it’s your best bet for secure record keeping and archiving, but we’d like to remind you what it can do for your media. You know a Blu-ray drive can play Blu-ray discs, but don’t forget that an optical drive can also play CDs, DVDs too. Your older library is not left behind.

Why would you want a Blu-ray Disc drive for your PC or Mac? One word: space. A single layer of a Blu-ray Disc holds the equivalent of 35 CDs or five DVDs. A Blu-ray might look like a DVD, but because it utilizes a shorter wavelength and a narrower laser beam spot, it can hold a greater capacity. The laser is blue by the way, but you guessed that.

A recordable Blu-ray disc (BD-R) can hold 25GB per layer, with dual-layer discs holding 50GB. BDXL discs that can hold 100GB of data are available for those with the need of all that data in one single disc. With standard storage care, a BD-R should last a lifetime. Hard disks are far more likely to fail, making recordable Blu-ray a strong primary or even secondary alternative for backing up, and a primary solution for long term archive.

In the next segment… Easiest Blu-ray drive to install, and backwards compatibility

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Taking a balanced approach to bitcoin storage

Bitcoin users need to find the right balance between secure storage and accessibility.

The digital age demands a digital currency. With so many payment transactions occurring online, traditional forms of payment like personal checks have fallen by the wayside in favor of convenient, real-time processes. Among the various platforms that have arisen in the digital environment, Bitcoin may provide the most promise. Unlike many other forms of online payment, Bitcoin is an entirely separate currency, gaining considerable value in recent years as more consumers and businesses seek out a secure digital solution. But new forms of payment require alternative methods of storing valuable currency. After all, it's not as if users can simply store their bitcoins in their neighborhood bank.

CoinDesk explained that there are many different options available to people looking to safely store their bitcoins, each with their own advantages. For instance, online wallets have gained in popularity thanks to their support for anytime access. Individuals who want to spend their money at a moment's notice regardless of where they are or what devices they're using may find a lot of value in a Web-based system. It should be noted, that such a tool will essentially place oversight of a person's bitcoin stash in the hands of a third party.

Although the owner will typically be the only one with actual access to bitcoins stored through an online wallet, these platform use private keys to manage the currency. If an individual loses that information, or it falls into the wrong hands, he or she could be out of luck. That may not sit well with everyone, particularly given the increasing number of threats lurking in cyberspace.

Go offline for greater security
People who want to take a more hands-on approach with their bitcoin storage may want to consider their offline options. CoinDesk recommends striking the right balance between funds stored on a physical drive for future use and more readily accessible money placed in a digital wallet.

"Cold storage wallets store private bitcoin keys offline, so that they can't be stolen by someone else on the Internet," the source explained. "It's a good idea to use cold storage for the bulk of your bitcoin fortune, and transfer just a little to separate bitcoin addresses in a 'hot' wallet with an Internet connection, making it easy to spend. That way, even if your mobile phone is lost, or the hot wallet on your notebook PC is erased during a hard drive crash, only a small amount of bitcoin cash is at risk."

To feel completely secure about the integrity of their bitcoin stash, consumers may need to go the extra mile with their archiving methods. In today's environment, the concept of a connected device has gotten a bit muddled, with so much equipment tapped into the Web in some fashion. CoinSafe urged bitcoin users to completely verify that their storage device is completely severed from the Internet. The best way to do that is to place this sensitive data on offline physical media. Even here, there are many types of backup drives to consider, but optical discs may be the best option.

Optical media offers the greatest advantages
Blu-ray media has quietly gained a reputation for unparalleled excellence among those who take data archiving solutions seriously. The format's combination of durability, scalability and longevity makes it ideal for long-term storage. Bitcoin owners, however, may be primarily attracted to Blu-ray's defense against digital incursion. Connected devices will always be vulnerable, but Blu-ray discs will never be faced with such a threat. For individuals who want to follow CoinDesk's advice regarding striking a balance between cold and hot storage, it may be helpful to think of Blu-ray as the bitcoin version of a savings account. When a rainy day comes, you'll be glad you have it.

Another key point to keep in mind regarding Blu-ray is the format's affordability. Other storage options may require a significant up-front investment to get up and running. Bitcoin users who want to begin saving their money on Blu-ray only need to obtain a reliable Blu-ray burner and a set of discs. Today's discs can hold large volumes of data, so consumers don't need to worry about exceeding their capacity. As data archiving solutions, Blu-ray discs make it easy to scale up quickly and affordably.

There's no denying Bitcoin's place in the modern economy. To take advantage of the currency without putting their money at risk, users will want a long-term storage option with the reliability that only Blu-ray can provide.

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What do Comcast data caps mean for larger file needs?

Comcast officials recently confirmed their interest in instituting data caps across the company's entire network.

The telecom industry has been abuzz for months now regarding a proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable. Industry insiders and observers have raised concerns that the resulting company would have control over too much carrier infrastructure in the U.S., leaving consumers with little choice but to accept whatever service packages are offered. Most notably, telecom and tech writers alike have cautioned against the possibility that these two companies would look to impose data caps on their Internet connections, affecting the quality of their offerings.

Gizmodo Managing Editor Brian Barrett explained in February that Comcast currently places 300GB limits on network transmissions, which could present problems for users as their consumption needs increase. Although conceding that that figure seems large now, Barrett cautioned users against the belief that only a small minority of intensive consumers will be affected by such caps down the road.

"[A]s streaming services become more and more prevelant (sic) – and more robust – that's going to change," he wrote. "What happens three years from now when you're streaming 4K Netflix on your ultra high-def television? … That's where broadband data caps are truly insidious; you may be able to escape your monthly cable bill, but you're still stuck paying Comcast for access to the internet that powers your Hulu Plus, Aereo, Netflix smorgasboard (sic)."

Comcast pilots widespread data capping
Barrett's prediction appears to be a step closer to fruition as Comcast officials have openly discussed aggressively pursuing more data caps recently. Decision-makers with the telecom spoke to shareholders attending the Comcast Corporation at MoffettNathanson Media & Communications Summit, raising the issue of charging customers by usage instead of a flat rate. Comcast executive vice president David Cohen explained that the company has already rolled out a series of pilot programs testing the effectiveness of such an approach. Cohen went on to forecast that Comcast will likely institute data caps across its entire coverage area within five years.

Although Cohen stressed that a usage-based pricing plan would present a more balanced and fair method of paying for services, more customers could fall into the heavy consumer category as streaming services become more advanced and require more bandwidth. High-definition video is now the standard level of quality, and Netflix users will increasingly expect clear and crisp transfers. Even if streaming service providers are able to improve their product and meet that demand, customers will still need to contend with their Internet provider. Simply watching a single movie in high definition could consume a great deal of bandwidth and push the viewer closer to his or her data ceiling.

It's unlikely that Cohen's comments are simple musings holding little weight. As PCWorld contributor Ian Paul noted, the company has a long history of pursuing restrictive methods. He explained that in earlier trials, Comcast did not provide users with an option to increase their bandwidth ceiling at all, but were instead issued warnings and the threat of having their accounts suspended.

Addressing high data needs
Streaming services have been viewed by industry observers as the final nail in the coffin for physical media. This new wrinkle presented by Comcast's apparent insistence on introducing data caps across its entire network should cast doubt in the minds of consumers. Even now, Netflix, Hulu and similar Internet-based providers are unable to offer consistent video quality, with feeds often fluctuating between HD and standard definition. The inclusion of data caps will only further complicate matters and reduce the likelihood that these companies will be able to deliver clear transfers.

Physical media – and Blu-ray, in particular – are not beholden to such network concerns. Files stored on a Blu-ray disc will never be subject to issues such as bandwidth throttling or traffic bottlenecks. Media viewed or otherwise accessed through a Blu-ray disc will always provide the same quality and experience every time out. Until telecoms and streaming service providers find a way to address high-volume network traffic without hitting the consumer's pocketbook, optical media will continue to stand as the best method of delivering high-definition video. Consumer appetites for HD content continue to rise, and these recent events suggest that Internet-based organizations are not up to the task to meet those needs. Blu-ray stands as the ideal platform for record, storing and viewing high-definition video.

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Lean on longevity, reliability of Blu-ray data archiving solutions

HDDs will break down eventually, driving the need for data archiving solutions.

Hard disk drives have long served as the standard platforms for data storage, but their reliability has always been in question. The internal moving parts that power HDDs make them susceptible to damage and ultimately data loss. The Internet is filled with horror stories from people who saw their most priceless documents and files disappear into the ether thanks to a faulty storage drive. More than ever, consumers and business users alike should have a steady archiving solution in place to reclaim information that may be lost due to a malfunctioning HDD.

Writing for How Stuff Works, Ed Grabianowski highlighted some of the many issues that HDD users may encounter, including full-scale hard drive crashes. He stressed that while there are instances when HDDs will give some indication that they are reaching the end of their shelf life, many times these devices cease functioning with no notice whatsoever.

"Don't rely on warning signs to predict hard drive failure," Grabianowski wrote. "Assume that your hard drive is going to fail, and back up critical files. If you have a reliable back-up, you'll save yourself many headaches."

Don't roll the dice on long-term HDD use
Even HDDs that have provided years of flawless service have a finite shelf life. It's important that individuals don't attempt to test their luck and the limits of their hard drives by relying solely on these devices for longer than their expected lifecycle. ExtremeTech contributor Sebastian Anthony reported on a 2013 study on the average failure rate of hard drives, finding that the percentage of HDDS that continued operating fell precipitously following their third year of usage. According to his analysis, approximately half of all hard drives will fail within six years, driving home the point that everyone needs to archive their important documents.

"If you buy a hard drive today, there's a 90 percent chance that it will survive for three years," Anthony stated. "If your drive makes it to the three-year point, you would be wise to back up your data, as there's a 12 percent chance per year that your drive will die."

A member of Apple's online community further brought the need for data backups into focus, stressing that HDD failure isn't a possibility, but an inevitability. When implementing data archiving solutions, users are protecting against a data loss that will occur eventually. And given HDD's notoriously unreliable technology, that hardware failure could come at any time. The forum member explained that when weighing the cost of implementing a backup tool versus the untold value of one-of-a-kind documents and the thousands of hours of work that may have gone into their creation, the urgency for data archiving should become clear.

Blu-ray offers ideal data archiving platform
Both business users and consumers should leverage data archiving solutions that address the longevity and reliability concerns that plague traditional HDD options. To that end, a backup tool that is based on optical media will effectively meet those needs. Blu-ray discs, in particular, have the durability and longevity required to successfully carry out data archiving processes without worrying about the long-term integrity of user information. Today's products are capable of storing a great deal of information on a single disc, making them ideal for both consumer or business use. In addition, Blu-ray as a format avoids the reliability issues that make HDDs risking bets for long-term use. A single disc can effectively work for years, even when stored in relatively inhospitable environments. The lack of any internal, moving components ensures that Blu-ray discs will continue operating even if they are jostled or moved violently.

Furthermore, Blu-ray discs offer a scalability that traditional storage options simply cannot match. When paired with a Blu-ray burner and high-quality archiving software such as DIGISTOR's REWIND, this format can effectively back up as much information as a user sees fit. Because Blu-ray is a cost-effective medium, individuals can ramp up their archiving processes on the fly and keep up with their escalating storage needs. This way, users can avoid feeling the pinch of reaching the end of their archiving tool's storage capacity. With a Blu-ray burner and discs, along with REWIND software, individuals will be able to securely back up their most important and unique documents and files, saving them for later use. There's even a free trial of REWIND available for individuals to download and try out for themselves. By taking this approach to data archiving, users can avoid the headaches that occur following an inevitably hard drive failure.

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Gamers choose optical discs over digital media

Gamers continue to support physical media such as Blu-ray.

Optical discs have been under fire since the outset of this current video gamer generation. Digital media has continually infiltrated the gaming sphere, with more companies distributing content through Internet-based channels. Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft have all created dedicated online storefronts for customers to download select games. When Microsoft first announced the successor to its Xbox 360 console, the tech giant stated that games could only be played if the system was connected to a user's online profile. Although there were some advantages to this proposed process, many gamers cried foul over the need to have a constant Internet connection in order to run games stored on physical media. In response to the ensuing backlash, Microsoft changed its position on the matter, reverting to the tried-and-true formula of enabling games to be played offline.

The gaming population has continued to show their preference for physical over connected or digital media. This is understandable as actually holding a physical disc or cart offers a much stronger sense of ownership then simply being given the right to access a gaming company's digital content. The NPD Group recently released a study on the habits of the "core gaming" customer subset, GameSpot reported. In this instance, a core gamer is defined as someone who plays at least five hours each week on a dedicated gaming console, PC or Mac. Researchers found that nearly three-fourths of core gamers prefer owning physical copies of video games over digital media, assuming that each was offered at the same price.

Blu-ray continues to hold sway with gamers
Video game manufacturers along with virtually any other organization that deals with both physical and digital content should take note of the report's results. Gamers – and likely consumers in general – still hold a strong preference for physical media, despite the assertions of some industry observers that digital is the way of the future. Digital media remains a relatively new concept for many individuals, and they are unlikely to simply ditch physical products altogether in favor of an unknown quantity. Ignoring the demand for concrete gaming discs could drive away potential platform adopters and ultimately cut into a company's bottom line.

"Core gamers are an important part of the games industry and understanding their behavior is critical to anyone invested in the games space – especially considering the launch of the new consoles and the continued evolution of digital gaming," said NPD Group analyst Liam Callahan.

Blu-ray offers durability, reliability
Consumers of various types of media, including video games, movies and music, have repeatedly raised concerns about their ability to access digital content down the road. The proliferation of digital rights management technology has been a major driver of these fears, with many people wondering if there's anything stopping a company from cutting off an individual's access to something he or she legitimately purchased years earlier. With physical drives, these concerns simply do not exist. There's nothing stopping people from pulling out their old ColecoVision systems and firing up a game of Donkey Kong.

Furthermore, optical media such as Blu-ray discs are much more durable than consumers might realize, ensuring that they continue to work properly for years. They are incredibly resilient against environmental factors that could otherwise warp or erode other digital components. In addition, platforms like an industrial optical drive often support cross-format usage, meaning various types of discs can run on the same hardware. This reduces not only the amount of equipment that a consumer or business user must purchase and store, but the headaches that one might encounter by accounting for every format used on a regular basis.

That level of performance of reliability has emboldened Panasonic and Sony to continue throwing their support behind Blu-ray and optical media in general. The companies announced in July 2013 that they had formed a partnership to further develop this technology and create more advanced discs capable of storing more data.

"Optical discs have excellent properties to protect them against the environment, such as dust-resistance and water-resistance, and can also withstand changes in temperature and humidity when stored," the companies stated. "They also allow inter-generational compatibility between different formats, ensuring that data can continue to be read even as formats evolve. This makes them a robust medium for long-term storage of content."

Looking to the future of Blu-ray
Blu-ray discs have recently emerged as ideal data archiving solutions, with companies such as Facebook and Amazon.com developing massive storage systems based on the format. Optical discs offer an inexpensive, scalable and reliable method of saving important records for the long haul. Blu-ray, in particular, is likely to see its use for data archiving applications increase further as organizations across every industry see their amount of incoming information rise dramatically over the coming years. That data needs to stored somewhere for later use, and Blu-ray discs offer the most efficient and cost-effective way to do so.

Despite the increasing use of digital media, Blu-ray isn't going anywhere. For consumers and business users alike, the format still has a great deal to offer in terms of reliability and performance. Gamers continue to demand that their consoles run on affordable physical media, meaning that for the foreseeable future, Blu-ray will reign as the standard format for these machines. With major tech companies increasingly turning to optical discs to build data archiving solutions, Blu-ray will not only be a major enterprise component in the short term, but will likely be a relevant form of media for years to come. The future is very bright indeed for Blu-ray.

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Securely store Bitcoin currency with offline Blu-ray media

Blu-ray offers a viable way to safely store bitcoins.

Bitcoin has quickly transformed from an online curiosity to a major form of digital currency. The idea of a form of currency that lacked the backing of a government treasury would seem implausible just a few years ago. But, today, Bitcoin has become a viable method of paying for online goods and services. Currently, a single bitcoin is worth approximately $450.

Since its introduction, there have been countless offshoots of the original platform, with numerous alternatives sprouting up in recent months and years. Despite the increasing competition, Bitcoin has retained its place atop the digital currency heap, partially due to brand recognition, but also by distinguishing itself from other digital payment systems by focusing on encrypting payments.

Security concerns persist
That dedication to security has benefited Bitcoin users, but it has not fully addressed prevailing concerns in this regard. There are still many avenues for criminals to steal these funds from individuals. For the most part, bitcoins are stored through online mediums, entrusting security to a third party. The entire basis of Bitcoin and its ilk depends on users remaining confident that their currency will remain safe and available at all times. After all, a bank that keeps getting robbed will run out of customers pretty quickly. Some of these online storage facilities have not been able to hold up their end of the bargain, suffering significant breaches that have cost users a great deal of money.

In one of the more extreme instances, thieves cracked the defenses of Mt. Gox, a widely used Bitcoin exchange, and, over time, stole 850,000 units. With today's exchange rates, the stolen amount represents approximately $495 million. According to ZDNet contributor Charlie Osborne, 750,000 of the lost bitcoins belonged to Mt. Gox customers. In the aftermath of the prolonged theft, Mt. Gox has since declared for bankruptcy in both Japan and the United States, while questions persist regarding the circumstances surrounding the lost currency. Some observers have suggested that the story of a breach has been used as a smokescreen to cover up fraudulent activity. As of now, only 200,000 bitcoins have been recovered following the incident, leaving many customers out in the cold.

Keep bitcoins safe with offline storage
Such worrisome breaches have driven concerns about the integrity of digital currency that is stored through online channels. Forbes contributor John Villasenor recently consulted with three Bitcoin professionals to discuss this matter as well as identify opportunities for improvement. Blockchain.info CEO Nicholas Cary explained that the different means of storage offer certain advantages but may have significant issues as well. For instance, a mobile storage app will allow users to access their bitcoins from their smartphone, tablet or other device and conveniently spend them whenever needed. However, if a cybercriminal or other unauthorized user gets his or her hands on that device, those funds could be as good as gone.

Individuals who value security over any other factor should consider an offline storage method. Cary explained that by placing bitcoins on a physical drive, users can limit the number of potential access points. With assets as valuable as digital currency, people should avoid using an unreliable device that may be prone to malfunction or damage. Traditional, disk-based hard drives are notorious for experiencing significant problems because of the frailty of their internal components. If a read/write head is damaged, the bitcoins stored on the device could be lost forever.

A far better alternative is to store bitcoins on Blu-ray media. These discs are functional, sturdy and cost-effective, making them an ideal format for data storage and archiving. Unlike online channels, Blu-ray discs cannot be accessed through a network connection, eliminating the possibility that a cybercriminal will steal a user's funds. Furthermore, despite their elegant design, Blu-ray discs are extremely durable, being able to withstand many elements that could diminish the functionality of other storage devices. This allows individuals to safely and confidently store their highly valuable digital assets for years without needing to transfer them to another platform. That level of security and dependability is absolutely critical when storing such important items.

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Using a Blu-ray burner with Windows 8

Windows 8 users need to ensure their hardware is compatible with the operating system.

As more consumers and organizations upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 8, they may find that their old hardware is not compatible with Microsoft's latest operating system. This is particularly troublesome for individuals who rely on their Blu-ray burners for comprehensive data archiving. If their hardware is unable to function properly on a Windows 8 platform, they will be unable to securely store and back up critical files and documents, leaving themselves vulnerable to costly data loss. 

Go with DIGISTOR for complete compatibility
For those who want to make sure that they can reliably copy information to disc on their Windows 8-based computers, DIGISTOR's line of Blu-ray burners has the answer. DIGISTOR drives fully support Windows 8, eliminating any concerns about compatibility. Both consumers and business operators can use the REWIND software that comes bundled with every Blu-ray burner to quickly and easily back up their important and irreplaceable files and documents to a permanent personal archive on Blu-ray disc. This way, any crucial data can be safely stored in the event that it needs to be retrieved at a later date. Organizations ranging from Amazon to Facebook have begun to recognize Blu-ray as a cost-effective, durable and scalable format for data archiving. Smaller operations and individuals can similarly use the media format for their long-term storage needs.

DIGISTOR also has users covered for their video playback needs. Most DIGISTOR Blu-ray burners also come equipped with ArcSoft software, enabling users to not only burn media files to disc, but to play them on their computers as well. By choosing a DIGISTOR device with both multimedia and archive software packages, customers can enjoy a full range of high-end features, including video playback and data archiving. Even those individuals who have a preferred software package for their disc-burning needs won't be left in the cold. As long as the program is compatible with Windows 8, it will work flawlessly with a DIGISTOR device. No off-the-shelf product will be able to provide the full range of features, compatibility and performance benefits offered by DIGISTOR external Blu-ray burners.

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